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Great Local Shops in Charleston, S.C.

Best Places to Shop in Charleston on Small Business Saturday

BEST PLACES TO SHOP ON SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

At Planters Inn, we are passionate about supporting our fellow locally-owned small businesses. In anticipation of Small Business Saturday, we put together a list of great local shops in Charleston, all located in our neighborhood.

HISTORIC CHARLESTON FOUNDATION SHOP

It’s not widely known that Historic Charleston Foundation, the vanguard preservation group that works tirelessly to celebrate and protect the city’s historic & architectural treasures, has an incredible retail program and flagship store located in the Charleston City Market’s Great Hall.

Here, home & garden furnishings and accessories are steeped in Charleston’s historic decorative arts culture like silver rice spoons and an exquisite mahogany and satinwood demi-lune console, a museum-quality reproduction of the circa 1780 original that resides at Middleton Place plantation, near Charleston.

The store offers a broad range of distinctively Charleston jewelry, hostess gifts, table settings, pantry items, ornamental objects, candles and bath products, Lowcountry cookbooks, and other hardcover books on local topics.

GIFT IDEA FOR MOM: An original setting of the magnificent Sacred Bird & Butterfly Chinese porcelain is on display at Charleston’s famed circa 1808 Nathaniel Russell House. Pair the tangerine, cream, and gold colored teacup and saucer set with a sampler of Charleston Tea Plantation sachets and a hardcover book that celebrates the warmth and easy elegance of traditional Southern architecture and interior design, such as Houses with Charm by Susan Sully.

> Located inside the Charleston City Market’s Great Hall  //  Across the street from Planters In

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CHARLESTON SHOE COMPANY

Chic shoe guru Neely Powell was raised by amid a cast of worldly characters. Her mother imported painted tin from San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, while her father owned Little Palm Island, the idyllic Relais & Châteaux resort near Key West, Florida. At a young age, Neely was drawn to “cosmopolitan Charleston” where she found inspiration for her “Cobblestones-to- Cocktails” shoes, a line of colorful, comfortable, and versatile footwear. These fun-to-wear shoes were recently featured on the TODAY Show! Go try on a few pairs and tell Neely we sent you.

> Located inside the Charleston City Market’s Great Hall  //  Across the street from Planters Inn

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OMBRA MODERNO

This glamorous nook offers a selection of retro-inspired, jetset-worthy sunglasses crafted by family-run manufactures in Italy, France, Greece, and Japan.

> 194 King Street  //  4 minute (.2 mile) stroll from Planters Inn 

 

SHIRTINI

A charming, closet-sized boutique with an expertly edited collection of menswear-inspired shirts for women. Looking for the perfect white button-down shirt in a classic silhouette? Go here.

> 192 King street  //  4 minute (.2 mile) stroll from Planters Inn

 

CURIOSITY

It’s perfectly fitting that this trove of curious, unexpected, and utterly delightful treasures is hidden behind an ivy-clad building; the hand-picked selection of antique & vintage finds are worthy of the hunt.

Have you been searching for a vintage sterling silver shot glass in the shape of a thimble made by Cartier and engraved around the rim “only a thimble full”? Are you looking for a vintage 1920s sterling silver cocktail set with deer antler handles? Or a vintage WWII era 48 Star American flag, perhaps? How about an early 1900s wooden barber pole with original paint and mounting brackets? An antique 1908 silver plate dog trophy with boar tusks? It’s all waiting for you at this intriguing shop. Run, don’t walk!

> 56 ½ Queen Street  //  6 minute (.3 mile) stroll from Planters Inn

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BEN SILVER

A repository of custom designed bowties, tortoiseshell spectacles, jewelry-quality blazer buttons, cashmere sweaters, and other tasteful accessories await at this family-owned bastion of classic American style. Perfectly put together Southern gentlemen shop here.

> 149 King Street  //  7 minute (.3 mile) stroll from Planters Inn

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BERLIN’S

Look for the blue sign emblazoned with “Berlin’s since 1883” at the corner of Broad and King streets. This clothing store was opened on September 20, 1883, by Henry Berlin, who came to the United States from Eastern Europe with $1.38 in his pocket. The third generation of the Berlin family now runs this apparel destination. Ask for owner Ellen Berlin and tell her we sent you.

> 116 King Street  //  9 minute (.4 mile) stroll from Planters Inn

 

CANDLEFISH

A gorgeous store featuring a carefully curated collection of fine candles, as well as its own fragrance library. These folks are masters of their craft, and they share their illuminating experiences of candle making through scent, touch, and sight.

> 71 Wentworth Street  //  6 minute (.3 mile) stroll from Planters Inn

 

M. DUMAS & SONS

Founded in 1917 by Mendel Dumas, this store on the corner of King and Society streets has evolved into an iconic men’s specialty retailer offering everything from camouflage to tuxedos.

> 294 King Street  // 8 minute (.4 mile) stroll from Planters Inn

 

CROGHAN’S JEWEL BOX

At Charleston’s iconic jewelry store, the gleaming cases filled with heirloom silver, estate jewelry, and rare gems. Now in the creative and capable hands for the family’s third and fourth generation of dynamo women, the store has bedazzled locals for more than a century. Be sure to ask about the Goldbug Necklace, designed and sold exclusively at this must-stop shop. Ask for radiant owners (and sisters) Mariana Hay and Rhett Outten and tell them we sent you.

> 308 King Street  //  11 minute (.5 mile) stroll from Planters Inn

 

HAMPDEN CLOTHING

For nearly a decade, this fashion-forward boutique has brought looks fresh from runways in Paris and New York to Charleston, and Hampden Clothing is just hitting its stride. Racks are filled with apparel from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Carven, Ulla Johnson, Stella McCartney, and Co. while a plush lounge and cocktail area of the store caters to gents who’ve tagged along with their stylish ladies.

> 314 King Street  //  11 minute (.5 mile) stroll from Planters Inn

 

BOB ELLIS

Arguably one of the finest independently-owned shoe stores in the South, this family-owned business has been serving Charleston’s well-heeled ladies and gents for more than 65 years. Much to our sartorial sadness, the family recently announced Bob Ellis will for good close next month. The sale racks are sure to be a hot spot during Small Business Saturday!

> 332 King Street  //  11 minute (.5 mile) stroll from Planters Inn

 

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